Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux starts its Dutch calendar this Sunday in the Tour of Drenthe (1.1), a classic in the northeast of the country, between Assen and Hoogeveen. Last October, Andrea Pasqualon concluded the season of the World Team with a second place.
The first race half of the parcours of 198.1 kilometer contains the famous cobble sections of the region, twelve in total from which seven in the first two race hours. The riders will then cover five times the col du VAM (0.4km at 4.6%) in the second race half, with the summit of the last passage at 15 kilometer before the finish.
The selection under the direction of Frederik Veuchelen is identical to the group that helped Gerben Thijssen sprinting to fourth place in the GP Monseré last Sunday. The sprinter can again rely on the support of Julius Johansen, Frenchman Hugo Page, Hungarian rider Barnabás Peák, his compatriot Kévin Van Melsen and Dutchman Boy van Poppel.